HEALTH and WELLNESS

Safeguard your health!
Get the 411 on your pills!
Avoid potential interactions between the medications, vitamins and supplements you take regularly by going to drugs.com/drug_interactions.php.

TIP: Can't remember what one of your pills is for?  You can easily identify it by color, shape and markings at drugs.com/pill_identification.html

Hit the road anywhere in the world!
Find a running route the next time you're on a business trip, or share your favourite trajectory with other runners in your community at  run.com.  It uses Google Maps technology to chart a route, including details such as time and distance, rest stops and points of interest along the way.


Arrive at the slopes prepared
Skicentral.com, based in Ottawa, Canada, is your gateway to everything you need to know about skiing or snowboarding this winter, across Canada and beyond.  Get up-to-the-minute reports on ski conditions at your favourite mountain, or find gear, clothing, apr├Ęs ski  activities, lodging and slopeside real estate.  The site even links to snow cams at resorts around the world, so you can judge the powder for yourself.


Take care of your sex life
Go below the belt with this credible site on sexual health, administered by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.  At sexualityandu.ca, learn about what the latest contraceptive pills have to offer, how to talk to your children about sex, and how to access sexual-health services in Canada.


Food Politics by Marion Nestle
Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health (the department she chaired from 1988-2003) and Professor of Sociology at New York University.  Check out her blog at  foodpolitics.com.


Proof your pantry against unsafe food
Electronic alerts direct from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which is responsible for monitoring the safety of our food, will help you avoid produts that may be a health hazard.  Check advisories about food recalls and allergy alerts.  You can even select a specific allergen, such as wheat, peanuts or soy.  Go to  inspection.gc.ca, then select "Email Notification Services" or "RSS Feeds" from the Quick Links menu.


ACTIVITY CALCULATOR!
...calculate your BMI (body mass index), or your body fat percentage and more at livestrong.com/tools.

NATIONAL SLEEP FOUNDATION
Sleep tricks and everything there is to know about sleeping, i.e., sleep disorders, getting a good night's sleep, and why sleep is so important.


Kaiser Permanente Health Encyclopedia (available in Spanish)
We know, there are probably hundreds of these kinds of sites around but we like this one because you have various options how to search on all kinds of health topics: by typing in your  health topic in the search box, or you can Browse by symptom, Browse by letter or Browse by Topic.


Is Your Health Susceptible to the Weather? (available in French)
If you suffer from migraines, asthma or heart disease, you might like a little more info than just the temperature when you walk out the door in the morning - now you can get it.   Dr. John Bart and his partner, a meteorologist, have created a website to alert people whose health is susceptible to climate changes about evolving weather systems.  Simply sign up and you'll receive a free e-mail alert the day before your health problem may be aggravated due to changes in the weather.  And, in the online forums, you can chat with others who share similar health problems. Visit mediclim.com  for more info!


What Does 200 Calories Look Like?
Some foods have significantly more Calories than others but what does the difference actually look like. Check out the photographs at WiseGeek/whatdoes200calorieslooklike  which represents 200 Calories of the particular type of food; the images are sorted from low to high calorie density. When you consider that an entire plate of broccoli contains the same number of Calories as a small spoonful of peanut butter, you might think twice the next time you decide what to eat. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average adult needs to consume about 2000 - 2500 Calories to maintain their weight. In other words, you have a fixed amount of Calories to "spend" each day; based on the following pictures, which would you eat?

Fitness Exercises
Ever wondered if you were performing or doing a certain exercise the right way?
ABC Fitness has a helpful guide with short videos of all kind of basic exercises as well as illustrations.


FitDay.com - FitDay is a free online diet and weight-loss journal. Their journal allows you to track your diet and activities with no guess work. This lets you take control of your diet and fitness and achieve your fitness goals. Oh!  Almost forgot to mention - it's free!



DON'T LET HIM MIX VIAGARA WITH...
Grapefruit juice, St. John's wort, or some blood pressure and anti-angina meds.  All of these drugs can interact negatively with Viagara and other erectile dysfunction drugs, including Cialis or Levitra, reports the consumer group Public Citizen.  For a complete list of drugs to avoid, go to: worstpills.org


FAT WON'T MAKE YOU FAT
Contrary to popular belief, fat won't make you fat.  In fact, your body needs it.  A steady diet of skinless chicken breasts and hold-the-dressing salads isn't just bland, it's also downright dangerous.  "You literally can't survive without fat," says Joan Salge Blake, R.D., a nutrition professor at Boston University.  In addition to acting as an energy source, she says, it provides a protective cushion for your bones and organs and keeps your hair and skin healthy.  To see how much fat you need, go to myfatstranslator.com.


nutritiondata.self.com - This site helps you figure out the nutrition information in the food you eat. You simply enter the name of a food into the search engine, and the nutrition information will pop up! The site has data for most foods, and it even lists the nutrition information of certain items from fast food restaurants.


exercise.lbl.gov - You don’t have to hike cross-country to see the United States! Head to this website and type in the number of miles you walk, run, or bike on a daily basis. Then, the site tracks how far you’ve gone along a virtual ‘map’ of the country – they’ll even include pictures of landmarks you’d see if you were actually running – or walking, or biking – cross country!




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